Pastor nabbed for operating fake WAEC centre in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a self-acclaimed pastor operating a fake West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) centre at 3, Oseni Adekogbe Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu.
Items recovered from the suspect, Adeniyi Joshua of El-Supreme Church, include WAEC question papers and answer sheets, suspected to be forged.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspect yesterday before newsmen at the command headquarters, Ikeja, said the case was actually reported to the Police by a senior staff of WAEC in Ogba.
Edgal said that upon receipt of the complaint, a team of policemen attached to Area G, Ogba, were mobilised to the above address, where Joshua was arrested.
He also said four undergraduates were tracked and arrested in Edo, Osun and Ondo states in connection with the crime.
The police boss revealed that some other suspects were tracked to Ghana, including Samuel Kayode, 28, a Physics and Mathematics teacher in two private schools in Ondo State.
According the CP, the suspect was linked up with those who provide him prepared answers of the leaked 2018 examination questions, adding that the suspect created a WhatsApp group, called ‘WAEC VIP,’ where he shares and sells leaked (expo) questions and answers on request.
“The second suspect, Adebayo Ifeoluwa, 17, a student of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTS), Ondo State, also created a WhatsApp group of his own, called ‘MCC,’ where he share leaked (expo) questions and answers, while Elusode Festus, 20, an iron-bender apprentice, who resides in Ekpoma, Edo State, created two WhatsApp groups, named ‘WAEC Home of Expo’ and WAEC VIP,’ where he shares questions and answers to students.
“Alayande Ahmed, 16, who is undergoing training on repairs of damaged mobile phones, was also linked to the crime. He got expo from other groups he belongs and share with students.”
The Police boss said the command discovered that the question papers given by these syndicates were word-for-word with the ones provided by WAEC for the candidates, saying the four suspects confessed and admitted to have committed the crime, with evidences established through their mobile phones.
“Effort is in progress to get the owners of the websites to find out how the question papers get out of WAEC office.
“The Police authority wishes to advise parents, guardians and tutors to guide and monitor their wards not to engage in examination malpractices, but rather encourage them to face their studies, since there is no short way to success.
“Also, it is important for the concerned examination bodies to look into this development and take necessary corrective measures to prevent such leakage in future,” he said.
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